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U.S. To Resume Visas in Guyana

May 13, 2000

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ The U.S. Embassy in Guyana will resume processing nonimmigrant visas on Monday, nearly two months after it uncovered a $1.8 million scam to sell the travel documents.

The embassy announced in a statement Friday night that the State Department had approved the resumption of processing visas in the South American country. It had stopped issuing them shortly after the March 17 arrests of former embassy official Thomas P. Carroll of Chicago and local businessman Halim Khan.

Carroll, who is being held in Chicago, has denied the charges. Khan, a businessman accused of serving as a middleman, has also denied any involvement in the scheme. He is being held in the United States.

Airlines have been given the names of people suspected of purchasing visas during the period under investigation and asked to bar those people from boarding U.S.-bound flights. Dozens of Guyanese have been interviewed so far by investigators and at least three local embassy employees have been fired.

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